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MANICure Monday | 4th of July Fireworks Nail Art

Welcome to a holiday edition of MANICure Monday!  Can you believe it’s almost July?!?!  Summer is just getting geared up and my oldest daughter is going to be starting school the end of July and my baby is going to be starting Kindergarten  on August 6th!  Where in the world did the first half of this year go?  Oh well…on with what’s important – NAILS!  LOL

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Wine Wednesday | Purple Toad Winery

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Happy Wine Wednesday!  I had the pleasure of visiting the Purple Toad Winery in Paducah, Kentucky.  Any time we take a road trip, one of the first things I do is to check and see which wineries we will pass on the way there or back home.  Several came up, but the Name “Purple Toad” just sounded like it would be a cool place to visit and the reviews on Yelp were pretty good.

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Purple Toad Winery is located on the edge of Paducah, Kentucky.  The name “Purple Toad Winery” originated from the color of your toes when grapes were pressed the old-fashioned way.  They combine modern wine making techniques with old world knowledge to produce award-winning wines.  The winery is quaint and just off the beaten path.  Once we arrived we were greeted by Shadow, a black labrador, who quickly made his way onto the sun porch since it was so darn hot and humid!  Inside the shop there were several gifts and wine related items available for purchase.  Ian, our server, was so nice and handed me a listing of all of their wines. Since I would be driving home I decided I’d limit my tastings (which are free) to just four.  ;) Continue reading →

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I’ll be at The Niche Parent Conference 2014! Will I see you there?

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This year I have the distinct honor of being one of The Niche Parent Conference 2014 Ambassadors!  At the beginning of the year 2 of my blogging BFFs, Kim of Keystrokes by Kimberly & Michelle of Divas with a Purpose, and I challenged ourselves to come up with goals and a vision of what we wanted to accomplish for 2014.  One of my big goals was to attend at least 3 conferences.  At the time it was really just a dream and I just threw that number out there to try to attempt to make myself more accountable.  Well I’ve already attended one earlier this year and I have 3 more planned for this Fall!  (I’ll share the deets on the other ones later ;) )

Now for me one of the biggest things holding me back was cost.  I mean it takes money to make money, but when you are a SAHM it’s kinda hard to convince your spouse that shelling out several hundred for conference tickets, along with the added expense of hotel and airfare, would make sense.   Once I knew the conferences that I wanted to attend I made it my goal to make me being there not just a dream but a reality!  So when the chance came to apply as an ambassador for The Niche Parent Conference I jumped at it.  Heck I even made a YouTube video stating just why I wanted to attend.

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Can Biotin Help Sybil Get Out of This Rut?

As many of you know I decided that I would go on a no cut challenge back in December.  Well here we are almost 5 months later and my hair seems to be growing so much slower than when I did my first big chop 2 1/2 years ago!  I was recently sent a bottle of Biotin from Eu Nautral and a bottle of Vibrance Pure Healthy Hair formula.  I’m hoping that the supplements will help Sybil get of of this rut.

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Biotin refers to a water-soluble B-vitamin.  It is sometimes known as vitamin H or coenzyme R, but when you are shopping for supplements you will usually find it under either “Biotin” or “Vitamin B7.”  Biotin is among the best overall supplements you can take for a variety of applications.  Vitamin B7 plays an important role in energy metabolism, and is also a building block for the production of new cells and fatty acids.  Along with these functions, Biotin is involved with the regulation of blood glucose and the transfer of carbon dioxide.  Most peoples’ bodies actually naturally produce enough biotin on their own not to need an additional intake, but for some people with biotin deficiencies, health problems can result.  Taking biotin in supplement form can help to reduce symptoms and increase overall health. Continue reading →